Beautiful Queenstown

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Daily Photo – Beautiful Queenstown

You might recognize this from a lot of advertisements that Google ran to promote its Chromebook laptops. That caused a minor point of contention, I will tell you, honestly. But I didn’t have any desire to sue Google because I have so many friends there. Besides, the idea to sue a big company is just an invitation for disaster, no matter how genuine and ernest the intention. I mentioned this issue one day when I was talking to Sergey and things were worked out.

Anyway, this is one of the scenes you’ll see if you come out to New Zealand for the workshop! I only do one of these a year, and I have as good of a time as all of you!

Beautiful Queenstown

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2013-02-08 11:45:33
  • CameraNIKON D800
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time1/200
  • Aperture7.1
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length14.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-1

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Flying Into Auckland

Luminar Tip – Dehaze

Here’s another tip for one of my favorite editing programs, Luminar. This one has to do with De-haze!

Daily Photo – Flying Into Auckland

I've made the flight back and forth to Auckland probably 20 times now. It's a beautiful 1.5 hour flight where you get to sail across the top of New Zealand. About half of the way, you only see ocean, but it can make for some amazing clouds as they form on the coast. We get a warm wet wind that blows in from Australia across the Tasman Sea. When it collides with the NZ coastline, you get all kinds of fancy clouds like this.

Flying Into Auckland

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2012-08-13 03:01:09
  • CameraNIKON D800
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time1/125
  • Aperture5.3
  • ISO800
  • Focal Length98.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias+1

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Under the Bridge in Sydney

New Han Solo Spinoff?

I heard a rumor that Lando may get his own series of productions (played by Donald Glover). I think it’s the best idea I’ve heard in a long time. I think I could watch that guy play in anything… such an interesting guy! My favorite part with Lando was when he was doing The Calrissian Chronicles on the bridge. They should use that title and get Glover to write it!

Daily Photo – Under the Bridge in Sydney

Not far from an area of downtown Sydney called “The Rocks”, which I believe is the oldest area of the city, is a sidewalk where you can walk underneath this bridge. This was a three-exposure HDR that I took probably about five years ago. I've been going back and editing some older photos that I never had the chance to edit. I was happy the clouds looked so moody this night. The way they pick up and reflect the city nights feels like it's out of a movie or something.

Under the Bridge in Sydney

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2013-01-09 17:52:05
  • CameraNIKON D800
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time15
  • Aperture8
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length15.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-1

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Classic Fuji-san!

Searching on SmugMug

Remember that if you want to see more photos of a particular location, you can always go over to my Portfolio on SmugMug and do a search at the top. For example here is a search for Japan. It returns the photos with some sort of rank that coincides with “most popular,” although I am not sure how that algorithm works!

Daily Photo – Classic Fuji-san!

How amazing is this volcano! It's right out of a storybook. On my most recent trip, I tried out the bus system to get me out here to explore the area, I finally mastered the subway system (which took many failed attempts), but I was always a bit afraid of the bus system. Now, I haven't quite mastered that yet, but I'm on the right path!

Classic Fuji-san!

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2013-04-14 13:21:00
  • CameraNIKON D800
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time1
  • Aperture7.1
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length55.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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The Aurora in Invercargill

Aurora HDR 2018

I thought I’d use today’s photo of an Aurora to mention Aurora HDR 2018! Thanks again to the team at Apple for giving it the Mac App of the Year award. That came as a huge surprise, considering how I had lambasted Apple after the first iteration of their new Macbook Pros.

I just announced a new photo walk in Shanghai on June 17!

As usual, it’s a free event, open to all levels, all cameras from mobile phones to DSLR, and of course it’s a family friendly event! See you soon in Shanghai! Here’s the FB event…

And my WeChat also has the details via the easy-to-remember ID: wxid_xpff8r0gr29122

Daily Photo – The Aurora in Invercargill

Chasing Auroras is a difficult activity! I have a few good Aurora apps on my phone that alert me to incoming ion storms. This is both exciting and daunting. It means that you need to jump in the car and find some awesome places to frame the aurora. In this case, we ended up down on a bridge near Invercargill, where they just recently stopped eating people (inside New Zealand joke), to take this photo. Across the east coast of New Zealand are a lot of wide rivers that start up in the mountains then empty out into the sea.

The Aurora in Invercargill

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2012-07-15 11:42:17
  • CameraNIKON D800
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time30
  • Aperture2.8
  • ISO1600
  • Focal Length14.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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Bright Fields of Lupins

Aurora HDR 2018

It was fun going back in my “back catalog” from the last five years to find photos I had never processed to test out the new Aurora HDR 2018. This was one of them… I was testing the “ghosting” here to see how well it worked… as you might expect, in my three exposures, the lupins were blowing all over the place.

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Daily Photo – Bright Fields of Lupins

This is one of those pretty Spring days in Tekapo at the Church of the Good Shepherd. It's kind of a hard shot to get nowadays because you have to get there between the busloads of Chinese tourists. It's great for the economy, but horrible for photos!

Bright Fields of Lupins

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2012-12-05 11:17:16
  • CameraNIKON D800
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time1/30
  • Aperture16
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length28.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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Driving Around The Hills

More Max Patte work

If you’re ever in Wellington, be sure to visit Weta Studios and take a tour. It’s absolutely unbelievable and you can see some of his incredible work he did for all the Weta movie

Daily Photo – Driving Around The Hills

Here’s another one of Max Patte’s sculptures that you see when driving around The Hills golf course. I must say that I spend more time taking photos on the golf course than playing golf! Sometimes I just go get a golf cart and don’t even put on my clubs… I’m sure people just think I am nutty!

Driving Around The Hills

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2013-03-30 09:56:05
  • CameraNIKON D800
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time1/50
  • Aperture16
  • ISO125
  • Focal Length16.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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Fire Dancing at the First Ever New Zealand Workshop

New Zealand Photo Workshops

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Daily Photo – Fire Dancing at the First Ever New Zealand Workshop

For the first one ever, we decided to get fire dancers out to my house. It was so fun! One problem is we did this on the very first night, and shooting fire dancers is a bit difficult! Now, whenever we do the big dinner at my house, it is on the last night of the event. By that point, everyone is super-duper relaxed and the parties usually get delightfully out of control!

Fire Dancing at the First Ever New Zealand Workshop

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2013-02-06 12:37:29
  • CameraNIKON D800
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time1.2
  • Aperture3.5
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length14.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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Bridge Party in Sydney

Don’t forget about the OFFICIAL start to the USA Photo Walk Tour tomorrow in New York City!

See you tomorrow in New York City! Be sure to check the Tour.TreyRatcliff.com site to find out more!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nMtNBHccPL

Daily Photo – Bridge Party in Sydney

This was a crazy-long day of hiking with my friend Tom. I think we must have walked 15 km that day with all our heavy camera stuff! Towards the end of the night, when we finally got under the famous Sydney bridge, I barely had enough energy to take this photo, but I’m glad I did!

Bridge Party in Sydney

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2013-01-09 17:52:05
  • CameraNIKON D800
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time15
  • Aperture8
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length15.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-1

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Lenticular Clouds in Queenstown in the Autumn

Over $500,000 on Day 1!

Wow! I’d really like to thank everyone who jumped into the Kickstarter on Day 1! We’re busting apart all kinds of records… thanks so much and I’m glad you’re excited about the bag!

HDR Photo

Karen Hutton

You might remember a Very Similar Photo I posted of KHut on the blog… Click here for a trip down memory lane

Daily Photo – Lenticular Clouds in Queenstown in the Autumn

Even though I absolutely love these kind of clouds, what I also really dig is the color of these long grasses. You only get this color at this time of year, and only when you have direct sunlight. It’s amazing how much direct sunlight affects the colors… making them all glow like translucent jewels.

Lenticular Clouds in Queenstown in the Autumn

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2013-02-10 11:19:20
  • CameraNIKON D800
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time1/60
  • Aperture16
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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